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St John's

The bustling and historic port city of St John is the both the capital and commercial hub of Antigua. In the very center is the cruise ship dock at Heritage Quay which is lined with upscale duty-free shops and restaurants. Nearby to Heritage you will find the Vendors Market which is where you can purchase local souvenirs. The third shopping area is at Redcliffe Quay which is a quainter shopping and dining area.

Shirley Harbor

Located 12 miles from St John high on the hill above English Harbor sits this renovated historical site overlooking the sea. It is famous for its panoramic views and on clear days you can see as far as Guadeloupe and Montserrat. A great time to go is Sunday when Shirley Heights hosts the biggest party on the island with entertainment from steel and social bands.

View of the landscape in Antigua

Fig Tree Drive

8 miles south of St John, you will find the most thickly forested part of Antigua called Fig Tree Hill. Ironically there are no Fig trees but you will find plenty of Banana and mango trees lining the roads. A lovely stop along the way is the Fig Tree Culture shop where you can buy fresh fruits, juices, jams and locally made food products. Another favorite stop is Wallings Dam, a historic park with a picnic area and hiking trails.

Forests of Antigua

Jolly Harbour

North of Darkwood Beach and just 2 miles south of St John is the lovely marina complex of Jolly Harbor. It offers a great beach, shopping center, an elegant casino, nightclub, 18 hole golf course, tennis courts as well as a number of really good restaurants and bars. The marina itself is world class and is one of the harbors used for the annual sailing week.

The beach a  Jolly Harbor

English Harbor and Nelson's Dockyard

On the southern coast of Antigua lies this historic 15 square mile gem. Some of the main buildings can be traced back to the late 18th century when the British ruled the island. The dockyard park has a museum, restaurants and an Inn. English harbor along with the adjacent Falmouth Harbor is known as the international yachting center and is where the annual regatta is located.

Other points of interest in St John are the Anglican Cathedral built in 1847 and the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda. As parking can be difficult in the middle of St John, it is recommended that you take a taxi or bus.

Yachts at English Harbor

Antigua Sailing Week

Antigua sailing week is considered to be one of the top regattas in the world. A wide variety of boats of all shapes and sizes arrive to take part in challenging races over a 6 day period. It is held each year at the end of April and beginning of May and as well as the racing, the week is filled with beach parties all over the island to give a wonderful carnival atmosphere. Many of the festivities take place in and around Nelson’s Dockyard.

Long Island

A short private cruise from the mainland will bring you to the Long Island which is without a doubt one of the most stunning places in the Caribbean. It is also home to Jumby Bay which is where many of our luxury Antigua Villas are located. Some of the world’s finest beaches where you can enjoy pure white sands and crystal clear waters are located on Long Island. It is also home to the rate Spanish sheep as well as beautiful birds such as the blue pelican and white egret.

Great Bird Island

Great Bird Island: A bird watcher's paradise. Boat over to this tiny uninhabited islet and see the nesting grounds of the red-billed tropic bird. From April to September you will see laughing gulls, purple martins, terns, and brown noodles grace the island.

Betty's Hope

Betty’s Hope is 5 miles east of St Jean and has the remains of a 17th and 18th century sugar plantation with and actual working windmill. The windmill was used to grind sugarcane on the plantation. Exhibits of the island plantation era are on display in the visitor centre.

The betty's Hope windmill


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